Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to church! Please make yourself at home.

Today, we conclude our 5-week Good News series. In this 5-week doctrinal series, we’ve been studying an ancient truth—the gospel of Jesus Christ—that is still essential and relevant today.

The entire gospel story spans the Bible (cover to cover) just as it spans history from the beginning to eternity. We summarize this true story with 10 words: God Creates, Sin Breaks, Jesus Saves, Jesus Transforms, and God Restores. You can watch or listen to the entire series (and download the study notes) from our app or website.

The prophecy of Revelation 21:1-5 provides a fitting climax, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away… And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’

Everything about today’s service—baptisms, stories of changed lives, City Ministry snapshot—declares, “God restores!” I’m praying you’ll leave with renewed hope and courage to face your week.

With you for the gospel and for the city,

Matt Friend • Senior Pastor


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OPEN HOUSE | Tuesday, March 5

Not sure what Celebrate Recovery is all about or if it’s a good fit for you? Come check it out during our Open House!

7:00-8:00 | Large Group Session
8:00-8:20 | Newcomers 101
8:00-9:00 | Open Share Groups
9:00-9:30 | Solid Rock Cafè
9:30  | Building closes


Upcoming Core Class: God’s Word
Thursdays, Feb 7, 14, and 21 • 6:15 AM, noon, or 6:15 PM • Study guide & 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith (will be used for all 2019 Core Classes): $25. Register online/app, or contact Sheri.

Belong: Membership Weekend
Feb. 8 (6:30-8:30 pm) & Feb. 9 (8:30 am-1 pm)  Want to become a member, know more about BCC, or meet the Ministry Staff? Then you’re invited! At the conclusion of this event, there will be no pressure to join. Because food and child care will be provided (at no cost), registration is preferred, but not required. Questions? Contact Jane.

Financial Health Seminar: Taxes
Monday, Feb. 11 • 6:30 PM • Rm. 3105/06 • CPAs Gary Swingle and Saundra Uy will discuss individual tax planning and preparation with emphasis on the new 2018 tax law. This will be a relatively informal session with opportunities for participants to ask questions and seek tax advice.


Join a Group!
Community Groups are starting and this is a great time to join! Leaders will be available at the Groups Wall after each service to answer questions and help you find a group that suits your needs.

Girlfriends Get 2gether: IF:Gathering
Feb. 8 • 6:30- 9:30 PM • Family Room (Rm. 3101/02) • You are invited to a live simulcast of the IF: Gathering. Register online or on the BCC app. There is no charge, but please bring a crockpot of soup, a snack, or a sweet to share. Invite friends, and bring your slippers and a cozy blanket to curl up with while we listen to some inspiring speakers together and ponder how to better reach women in our city for the gospel. More info at

Fitness with Friends (Ladies)
Mondays & Thursdays • Ends Mar. 7 • 6-7 PM • $30 • The RIM, Bible Center School • Led by Poozie Null. Register online/app. Questions? Contact Paula Toney.  


BCS Open House (Grades K-12)
Sunday, Feb. 10 • 1-3 PM • Please join us for Open House! Meet our faculty and staff, and tour the facilities. A light lunch will be provided. Re-enrollment is already in progress. Visit for more info. 


High School Students’ Weekly Community Group (Grades 9-12)
Sunday, Feb. 10 • 6-9 PM • A community group for all high school students will resume for the first night at the home of Pastor Mike & Jennifer Graham (100 Woodshire Pl., Charleston). Pizza will be served, so come hungry! Subsequent meetings will take place at the home of Larry & Lisa Pack (2146 Presidential Dr., Charleston). For more info, contact Pastor Mike(502) 812-9246) or Lisa Pack(304) 552-4500. 

HSM/MSM Winter Retreat (Grades 6-12)
Episode 19 • Feb. 22-24 • Beat the winter blues at this 3-day, high-energy, multi-venue event! The weekend will include food, engaging worship, guest speakers, small group time, and epic activities! Cost: $45. Register today!